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Photo by Beverly Joubert @beverlyjoubert | Giraffes quenching their thirst is not often a speedy affair. Those long necks, so well adapted for getting to the tastiest leaves on the highest branches, make getting to the ground a cumbersome and vulnerable affair. These Maasai giraffe were recently listed as endangered by the IUCN, as they have lost half their population over the past three decades, largely due to habitat loss and poaching— a trend that has been seen across most giraffe subspecies. But this decline has now been recognized, and they've just been given formal protection for the first time as well. The Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) have listed giraffes on Appendix II, thereby ending unregulated trade. Their challenges are far from over, but trade regulations do make a difference. Hopefully this will give giraffes a bit more of a break while we tackle the other issues surrounding habitat degradation and their slow, silent decline.

Photo by Trevor Frost @tbfrost.| Surya Keerthi learned to rescue snakes from his father, Snake Shyam, who is famous across much of India for having rescued well over 40,000 snakes, mostly in the city of Mysore. In the week I spent with Surya, he responded to an average of five calls a day for snakes in homes, like this spectacled cobra (Naja naja), which was hiding inside a pipe in the shower of this house! Perhaps the best thing I learned while in India working on this story is that Surya and his father are not alone: Across India many individuals and organizations are ready at a moment's notice to save a snake's life. To see more photos of cobras, I'm @tbfrost.

Photo by Rena Effendi @renaeffendiphoto | A woman in Giuleşti village, Romania, rakes hay that she had just cut in the field, in an attempt to collect the last bits before winter comes. For centuries, the small villages in Transylvania have preserved their hay meadows, raised cattle, and operated self-sustaining farms. The agrarian fairytale that is extinct in Western Europe still exists here in bucolic scenes, where young boys learn to cut and rake hay by hand and where many women are proficient in weaving and men can build a house from scratch. Please @renaeffendiphoto for more human interest stories.

Photo by William Albert Allard @williamalbertallard.| This picture dates to 1969, the year I photographed and wrote about the Hutterites, a religious group that lives in colonies, mostly in Montana and several provinces of Canada. This young man and I were riding out on the colony’s land that spread out below the mountain ranges of central Montana. I remember what a beautiful late afternoon it had been, and how the clouds darkened as they momentarily obscured the sun and dramatically silhouetted the young horseman. That assignment was the beginning of a lifetime relationship with some of the Hutterites, who have become almost like a second family to me over the years. I’ve done articles for National Geographic about the Hutterites, one published in July 1970 and the other in the June 2006 issue. For more images of the American West and other assignments spanning a five-decade career @williamalbertallard. @thephotosociety

Photo by Katie Orlinsky @katieorlinsky | Scientist Sergey Zimov looks out over the Arctic Ocean at a Siberian research station, 70 miles north of his home in Cherskiy, Russia. He uses the metal rod in his hand to quickly test the depth of frozen ground. Zimov is a world-renowned, eccentric permafrost scientist who has spent decades unearthing the mysteries of a warming Arctic. He was the first to figure out that permafrost stores far more carbon than scientists once thought. More recently, he was one of the first scientists to grasp that Arctic permafrost is thawing much faster than expected, releasing carbon gases that could drastically speed up climate change. Learn more online in "The Carbon Threat" for @natgeo (link in my bio @katieorlinsky).

Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Sunset illuminates the waters of the Grand Canal, the world’s longest man-made waterway.

Photo by @edkashi | Thousands of protesters, many school-age kids, turned out on a beautiful early autumn day in downtown Manhattan to take part in the global climate strike to raise awareness about climate change, on September 20, 2019. Photographed in collaboration with VII Photo Agency @viiphoto.

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Photo by Beverly Joubert @beverlyjoubert | In the dry lands of Kilimanjaro's rain shadow, water can be scarce for wildlife. Here in Kenya's Chyulu Hills, waterholes attract a huge array of animals throughout the day, although the predators tend to find comfort in the cover of darkness. It is unusual to see a breeding herd around here; their movements are more limited by water availability and the needs of the youngsters. But the bulls can travel further and often congregate around these waterholes, shaking their massive heads at the antelope and zebras all patiently waiting their turn to drink.

Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | North Korean students carrying torches hold a mass march on Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang to mark the 70th anniversary of the nation's founding. Please follow me @dguttenfelder for an inside look at North Korea, where I have been traveling and photographing for the past 19 years.

Photo by Trevor Frost @tbfrost | While working on a film in the Peruvian Amazon, I visited several fires that were set to clear land for cacao plantations. At one of these locations local nonprofit @hojanueva helped me look for the remains of animals that were killed by the flames. In one hour we found dead lizards, snakes, small mammals, and four yellow-footed tortoises, including this one, which was likely 25 to 30 years old. To learn more about my ongoing work in the Amazon rainforest, I'm @tbrost.

Photo by Lynsey Addario @lynseyaddario.| Gulam Farouq, a soldier in the Afghan national army, hands out bread to Afghan widows and other women, outside the shrine to Sufi poet and philosopher Kwaja Abdullah Ansari, in Herat. In a country with 35 percent unemployment and 36 percent of people living below the poverty line, Afghan soldiers and police officers typically collect donations from visitors in the area around the shrine and pass them on to the poor and the disabled. This image was shot for "Veiled Rebellion," published in December 2010. To see more of my work, follow @lynseyaddario.

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